Will Breasts Remain Full After Breast Reduction Surgery?

Posted on: April 14th, 2015
By: DrDelgado

Miguel Delgado, M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Miguel Delgado, M.D.
Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon










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Breast Reduction Goals

As noted on this website, there are several different breast reduction procedures. The amount of fullness will depend on the technique used, the talent of the surgeon, the quality and firmness of the breasts prior to surgery. Usually when the nipple maintains its blood supply, fullness for the upper pole tends to be maintained.

By definition, a breast reduction surgeon’s goal is to reduce the volume of the breast. However, Miguel Delgado, M.D.’s objective, in addition, is a natural appearing shaped breast.

Avoiding “Bottoming Out”

The inverted T is usually for larger breasted women, but over time the skin may stretch out resulting in “bottoming out.” There are techniques surgeons use to try to prevent bottoming out such as positioning the breast pedicle to a more superior position. Some surgeons use internal sutures.

The short scar technique, also known as the lollipop, or vertical breast reduction, maintains fullness better with less bottoming out. The short scar technique is a very popular procedure for women with moderate sized breasts.


Breast Reduction Vertical

CASE DESCRIPTION: This is a 32-year-old resident of San Rafael, California who is seen in the Novato office in Marin County. She is 5 feet 4 inches, 130 pounds, and underwent a short scar vertical breast reduction at the Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center. Her size was reduced from a size F to a size C. The photographs are seen approximately nine months after surgery and the incisions are starting to fade quite nicely.


Some techniques can leave the breast looking boxy and flat. Other techniques rely on internal shaping to give the breasts projection and natural looking fullness. The surgeon’s goal is not to remove tissue above where the nipple will be placed, maintaining maximum fullness in the upper pole.

Patience for Patients

The patient must be “patient” and allow time for the breasts to settle into their new position. Unfortunately, for some women, over time gravity may cause their breasts to sag, or they may lose fullness due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and aging. Breast reduction patients need to have realistic expectations.

Communication with your surgeon as to your goals is most important. Be sure to view before and after pictures so you can get a clear idea of what results you might expect.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Miguel Delgado, M.D. has been performing breast reduction surgery since 1988. His reduction mammoplasty results are excellent; making breast reduction one of the most pleasing procedures he performs according to his patients, whose only complaint is that they wish they had the surgery sooner.

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Breast Reduction Surgery Statistics Announced

Posted on: March 14th, 2015
By: DrDelgado

Miguel Delgado, M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Miguel Delgado, M.D.
Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

★★★★★ Ratings: 4.74 -118 Reviews


30,000 Questionnaires Sent

Each year the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that was founded in 1967 publishes statistics for both cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures. Board Certified Physicians from many different specialties contribute to ASAPS statistics.

A questionnaire was sent to 30,000 Board Certified Physicians, including; 7,500 plastic surgeons, 10,500 otolaryngologists, and 12,000 dermatologists. The questionnaires were compiled and analyzed by an independent research firm, Industry Insights, Inc. from Columbus, Ohio. The survey results were plus or minus a 3.45% error and a level of 95% confidence.

$12 Billion a Year on Cosmetic Procedures

For the past two years, Americans have spent $12 billion a year on cosmetic procedures; this is more than any year since 2008.

For 2014, breast reduction remains a very popular procedure with 114,470 cases reported, just slightly less than 2013 but with an increase of 139.1% since 1997.

Breast Reduction Most Patient Pleasing Procedure

Miguel Delgado, M.D. states that breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty remains one of the most patient pleasing procedures that he performs.

Before and After Breast Reduction

This is a 58-year-old San Rafael resident who was seen at the Novato office in Marin County for breast reduction. She is 5 feet 4 inches, 148 pounds. She underwent an inverted -T breast reduction at the Marin County Surgery Center. She had 400 grams removed from her right and 600 from her left side. She went from a size DDD to size C. The photographs are seen eight months after her surgery, note the scar to be fading nicely.


For non-surgical procedures, Botox remains number one, year after year! Botox has an astounding increase of 6407% since 1997.

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Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for Your Breast Reduction Surgery

Posted on: February 16th, 2015
By: DrDelgado

Miguel Delgado, M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Miguel Delgado, M.D.
Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon









★★★★★ Ratings: 4.74 -118 Reviews

Breast Reduction by a Dentist?

As unbelievable as it sounds, state laws allow any licensed physician to call themselves “cosmetic” or “plastic surgeons,” even if they do not have training as a surgeon! If a doctor is wearing a white coat, it does not mean he/she is qualified; this is referred to as “white coat deception.”

There areConfused doctor numerous incidents of botched plastic surgery cases by unqualified doctors. See for yourself and Google “botched breast reduction” and you will see multiple horror stories of women who ended up with; misshaped breasts, horrific scars, nipple loss, infection and more. Fox News reported a few years ago about a dentist from Oregon, who was sued for a disfiguring breast reduction done on a 15 year old girl.

Choosing Your Breast Reduction surgeon

Dr. Delgado states that this can be avoided if you do your homework when choosing your surgeon. In order to avoid a doctor who advertises as a “plastic surgeon” ask this specific question, “is the doctor Board Certified in Plastic Surgery?” If you feel uncomfortable asking, you can go online to the website for American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and go to “find a Plastic Surgeon.” All plastic surgeons that are members are Board Certified. Another thing to check online is your state medical board, see if there are any complaints or lawsuits filed.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeons have had extensive training and must complete a minimum of 5 years of surgical training after medical school. They must complete a residency program in plastic surgery which gives them “in-depth” training of the face and body.

Safety for the Breast Reduction Patient

Plastic surgeons are trained to handle all types of emergencies including; circulation, ventilation, electrolyte balance, etc., which are all critical to the safety of the patient.

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With all the years of training, plastic surgeons develop outstanding technical skills and aesthetic judgment. Dr. Delgado has been a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon since 1990 and is a breast reduction specialist. Call today for a consultation at (415 898-4161) or email (


Husband Upset About Wife’s Breast Reduction Surgery?

Posted on: January 18th, 2015
By: DrDelgado

Miguel Delgado, M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Miguel Delgado, M.D.
Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon








★★★★★ Ratings: 4.74 -118 Reviews



Breast Reduction Obstacles

San Francisco, CA-Some women in need of breast reduction surgery may find some difficult obstacles they need to overcome before proceeding. There may be issues in getting insurance approval, getting time off work, arranging for help with children and household duties, someone to pick them up after surgery and give post-operative care for 24 hours.

Dr. Delgado says the most challenging complication may be a husband or significant other who is against the surgery. Many men like their wives the way they are and are very fearful of them having surgery.

Before and After Breast Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery

Before and After Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery

This is a 23-year-old resident of San Francisco and seen in the Marin County Office for a breast reduction. She is 5 feet 2 inches, 167 pounds. She underwent an inverted T breast reduction at the Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center. She went from a size DDD to a C cup in size. The photographs are approximately nine months after surgery. Note the nicely fading incisions.


Getting support from your husband can be a big help, so being sensitive to his feelings is definitely something to consider. Here are some suggestions of what you can do to bring him around:

1. Take him to meet your surgeon, let the surgeon explain how the surgery is done.
2. Have your husband see before and after pictures of other patients
3. Be sure he feels comfortable to ask the surgeon any questions he may have
4. Have you explained why you want the surgery?
5. Back and neck pain?
6. Rashes under the breasts?
7. Difficulty in fitting into clothes off the rack?
8. Inability to participate in sports and/or exercise?

Remember the unknown can be scary, the more your husband understands, the less apprehension he may have.

The New You

If you decide to proceed without your husband’s support, as many women do, be patient, give him time to adjust. You may want to wait until most of the healing has taken place before revealing your new breasts. Perhaps you could buy some sexy new nighties and clothing that will show off your new figure.

In any case, he will probably appreciate the new you, a woman who is happy with herself and pain free for the first time in many years.

It’s Easy to Schedule a Consultation!

If you are considering breast reduction surgery, you are invited to bring your husband to a consultation with Dr. Delgado, who will explain exactly what can be expected from surgery and answer all your questions. Dr. Delgado will show both of you many before and after pictures of women just like you that say their only misgiving is that they did not have the surgery years ago. Dr. Delgado, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, has been performing breast reduction surgery for men and women since 1988.

Call today for an appointment (415 898-4161) or email (, you’ll be glad you did!

Breast Reduction Surgery and a Free Nipple Graft

Posted on: December 19th, 2014
By: DrDelgado

Breast Reduction Options

Miguel Delgado, M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Miguel Delgado, M.D.
Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon










★★★★★ Ratings: 4.74 -118 Reviews

Breast Size Matters

Dependent on how large a woman’s breasts are will determine which type of breast reduction surgery is recommended. It is imperative that a woman seeks a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon that specializes in breast surgery. The surgeon will be able to help her determine which procedure will give her the results she desires.

Women with extremely large breasts are divided into two groups, gigantomastia and macromastia. Gigantomastia is where more than 1500 grams needs to be removed from each breast and macromastia refer to women that need just less 1500 grams removed from each breast during breast reduction surgery, also known as a reduction mammoplasty.

Free Nipple Graft Versus the Pedicle Method

Dr. Delgado explains to his breast reduction patients that when such a large amount of tissue needs to be removed it may be necessary to perform a free nipple graft. A free nipple graft (FNG) is when the nipple areola complex is completely removed and transposed without a blood supply, skin and glandular pedicle.

The pedicle method is the preferred method for breast reduction; this is where the nipple areola complex remains intact and is moved higher on the breast mound, typically preserving sensation and function. However, a woman with gigantomastia and many with macromastia will be limited to how much the breast can be reduced. It is very difficult to protect the pedicle when large amounts of breast tissue are removed. Shaping a breast around a pedicle is very challenging, and the resulting shape may be disappointing.

Risks of the Free Nipple Graft

Some of the risks with a free nipple graft are:
• The graft might not look natural
• The color of the nipple areola complex may fade
• Loss of the ability to breast feed
• The graft might not survive
• Probable loss of sensation

Dr. Delgado has observed that some of his patients have regained sensation, but it could take up to six months. As far as the viability of the graft, he states his results have been excellent. In some cases they may have partial take but less than 1 percent loss.

Breast Reduction Free Nipple Graft

This is a 45-year-old San Francisco resident seen in the San Francisco office. She is 5 feet 5 inches, 220 pounds, with size GGG breasts. She underwent an inverted T free nipple breast reduction due to the extreme size of her breasts. She is seen four months after surgery with early healing, but note the nice size and shape of her breasts. She went from GGG to a D cup.


As a guideline, a woman who has over 20 cm from the inframmary fold to the nipple may be a candidate for the free nipple graft. Older women seem less concerned about loss of nipple sensitivity and will opt for the FNG in order to have a smaller size. This is a highly individualized procedure where an expert breast reduction surgeon needs to be consulted. Patient input is very important for the surgeon to help guide her in the right direction.

Dr. Delgado, a breast surgery specialist since 1989, has been performing breast reduction surgery for both men and women. The procedure for breast reduction for men is referred to as gynecomastia. Anyone suffering from large breasts is invited to call (415 898-4161) or email (, for more information or to schedule a personal consultation.

Can Breast Reduction Surgery be Combined With Other Procedures?

Posted on: November 14th, 2014
By: DrDelgado

Miguel Delgado, M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

Miguel Delgado, M.D.
Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

★★★★★ Ratings: 4.74 -118 Reviews

For San Francisco Bay Area women who decide to proceed with a reduction mammoplasty surgical procedure, it is not unusual for them to ask if other procedures can be done at the same time.

Dr. Delgado does multiple procedures frequently as long as the patient is healthy. For example, the popular Mommy Makeover can include a tummy tuck, liposuction and breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction. Men who elect to have male breast reduction surgery, known as gynecomastia, also frequently combine additional procedures.

Mommy Makeover

This is a 35-year-old resident of Mill Valley, California who presented to the Novato office in Marin County for evaluation of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). She had a large weight loss due to diet and exercise. She underwent a full tummy tuck, breast reduction and liposuction of her flanks. Her surgery was performed at Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center in Marin County, California.


Breast reduction is usually done as an outpatient procedure, however, if additional procedures are going to be added, an overnight stay will most likely be necessary. It is not surprising that many women choose to add procedures so that they can take advantage of their time off for recovery, and to save time and money. The amount of surgery to be done will depend on the patient’s health and Dr. Delgado’s evaluation of what is appropriate.

Dr. Delgado has his own private surgery center that offers his patients the best concierge care. Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center (MCSC) is accredited by Medicare and the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (Quad A), meaning it meets the highest of standards. In the rare event of a medical emergency, Novato Community Hospital is just steps away.

Patients who stay overnight will have a registered nurse who is certified in “advanced cardiac life support” (ACLS) and an additional staff member for further comfort and safety. The surgery center has its own entrance providing privacy for Dr. Delgado’s patients.

phoneDuring your initial consultation, Dr. Delgado will be glad to discuss any and all of your cosmetic surgery goals and determine what combination of procedures is feasible and safe. Call today (415 898-4161) or email ( your personal consultation with Dr. Delgado and find out what options are available to you.

Medical Insurance Denied my Breast Reduction Surgery, Now What?

Posted on: October 30th, 2014
By: DrDelgado


Trying to get coverage for breast reduction surgery can be very challenging. Health insurance companies have lots of different guidelines that patients have to meet. It is important to know what coverage your particular insurance has as some policies have an exclusion for breast reduction surgery altogether.

If your policy does not exclude reduction mammoplasty surgery some of the requirements you might have to meet may be:
a minimum of breast tissue to be removed
• a report from a physical therapist for treatment
• a letter from your doctor describing symptoms and attempted treatments, such as prescribed analgesics
• Use of special bras

Even when all of the above criteria have been met, some insurance companies will still deny surgery. Possibly they are hoping you will give up. At this point Dr. Delgado requests an appeal. He has been very successful in getting an approval with this approach. Most insurance companies respond to an appeal by having a medical doctor call your surgeon to discuss the case. This is when it is imperative that your surgeon understand the ins and outs of the insurance companies and how to present your case.

Before and After Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery

Breast Reduction Before and After Reduction Mammoplasty Surgery

If you discover that your breast reduction surgery has been denied because it is not a covered procedure under your policy, none of the above conditions will make a difference. A solution might be to consider changing your insurance coverage during an open enrollment period. If you have your insurance through your employment perhaps your Human Resources representative can help you find a better policy.

Having insurance cover breast reduction surgery for men is even more frustrating. Insurance companies do not cover cosmetic surgery and there needs to be a lot of evidence that surgery is a medical necessity. Gynecomastia can be psychologically devastating for men, but unless there is physical pain involved, applying for coverage can be a fruitless endeavor.

Dr. Delgado has had many years of experience in helping patients obtain medical insurance coverage for breast reduction surgery. After an evaluation by Dr. Delgado, he will be able to tell you how likely it will be for you to get approval, and if you hit roadblocks he will be there to support you!

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Can Uneven Breasts be Corrected During Breast Reduction Surgery?

Posted on: September 26th, 2014
By: DrDelgado

vertical breast reduction

This is a 52-year-old patient who resides in San Francisco. She was seen in the San Francisco office at Union Square for a breast reduction. She is the mother of two children. She is 5 feet 5 inches, 140 pounds. She underwent a vertical short scar breast reduction in which her size was reduced from a DD to size C. In addition she had a tummy tuck and liposuction at Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center at the same time. This is also termed a mommy makeover. The photographs show her at approximately six months after surgery.


It is quite common for women to have uneven breasts. They may be uneven in volume or different nipple shape or size, or uneven nipple position or the breasts may be different shapes. Some women choose to live with their asymmetry while others seek options to even them out. Especially if the woman has a hard time finding bras to fit without having to pad one side, and/or finding clothes to fit properly.

Today there are many ways to achieve symmetry and have the breasts nicely contoured. During a consultation with Dr. Delgado, he will explain all options and determine what the patient wants her breasts to ultimately look like.

There are several reasons that the breasts may be asymmetric, including; location of the nipples, location of the breast fold, amount of breast tissue, previous biopsies, congenital deformities such as Poland syndrome.

For the woman that has uneven breasts, it is common to reduce one or enlarge one to achieve symmetry. There can be quite a combination of procedures to achieve this such as; a breast lift, breast reduction, breast implants and fat transfers.

In a study done by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, women who have had surgery to correct breast asymmetry and/or breast reduction, have a significant increase in self-esteem. Dr. Delgado has found this to be true with his patients, over and over again.

Breast reduction in many cases is covered by medical insurance, depending on what procedure or combinations of procedures are done, it is possible that part or all of the surgery may be covered.

At the time of your consultation with Dr. Delgado, his patient coordinator, who is very experienced in dealing with insurance companies, can help you request coverage from your medical insurance.

If you have asymmetric breasts and/or are in need of a breast reduction, you are invited to call (415 898-4161) or email ( for a consultation with Dr. Delgado, who is a breast surgery specialist.

Dr. Delgado, a breast surgery specialist, has been doing all types of breast surgery; breast augmentation, breast lift, breast revision, breast reduction and male breast reduction, since 1988.

The Purpose of Drains After Breast Reduction Surgery

Posted on: August 11th, 2014
By: DrDelgado


San Francisco, California-Drainage tubes are placed at the end of several different major types of cosmetic plastic surgery, including but not limited to: gynecomastia (male breast reduction), tummy tuck surgeryand breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty.

The purpose of a drain is to remove blood and lymphatic fluid from the operative site. This will help prevent infection and eliminate dead space created by removal of fat and breast tissue. Removing the accumulated fluids will also promote healing and recovery.

Jackson Pratt is the type of drain used after breast reduction surgery. It has a clear tube that runs from the surgical site to a bulb or reservoir. When the bulb is emptied it is gently squeezed when reattaching to the drain tube causing a low negative pressure suction that helps remove fluids. You will be asked to keep a log to measure output and color of the fluid.

Creating Suction


Prior to surgery, Dr. Delgado gives his patients  a detailed instruction booklet with extensive pre and post-operative instructions. In addition, prior to being released from Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center, in Marin County, California, the nurse will review all post op care, including a demonstration of measuring and emptying the bulb to you and your overnight caretaker. The amount of drainage and color of the fluid will determine when the drain can be removed, usually within 3 to 5 days.

If the patient notices: an unusual increase of fluid collection, bright red blood, fever and/or tenderness it must be reported immediately. It is possible for the drain tube to get blocked with a small blood clot. This can be remedied by pinching the tube above the blockage and sliding with a pinching of the thumb and forefinger of the other hand down the tube to the bulb. This will also be demonstrated.

The removal of the drain may cause some discomfort of a burning or stinging nature. Taking pain medication prior to removal is possible as long as the patient has someone to drive her home.

After removal of the drains, the small incision site will close up within 24 to 48 hours. Once they have closed up they are now waterproof and the patient may resume regular showers. However, while the drains are still in place, only sponge baths are allowed, and the incision site must remain dry to avoid infection.

Even with the minor discomfort that the drains may cause, they serve a great purpose in not only reducing the chance of infection, speeding up healing and recovery; they prohibit the buildup of fluids in the surgical site which would be much more painful.

Call today at (415) 898-4161 for a personal consultation with Dr. Delgado for breast reduction surgery.

Breast Reduction Approaches, How to Choose the Best

Posted on: July 18th, 2014
By: DrDelgado

Miguel Delgado, M.D. Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon



The woman who has decided to proceed with breast reduction surgery is faced with other important decisions such as; when to have surgery, who will she depend on for assistance, how to pick her surgeon, and what breast reduction procedure will she opt for?

Dr. Delgado presents this blog to help women understand what their options are for the different approaches to breast reduction surgery.


The traditional (also known as the anchor or inverted T) breast reduction is considered the “gold standard” and is most often used for a woman with very large breasts. The incision goes around the nipple areola complex (NAC), then vertically down to the breast crease and continues horizontally along the breast crease. The resulting scar would be in the shape of an anchor or inverted T. The amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed will determine how the nipple is to be treated. Preferably, it will be what is referred to as the inferior pedicle technique. The inferior pedicle technique allows the NAC to remain attached by a bridge of breast tissue called a pedicle and is moved up on the breast mound after the reduction. This technique keeps intact nerve and blood supply and, therefore, in most cases the woman will have preservation of her nipple sensation. Unfortunately, a woman with very large breasts may not have this option and may need what is called a Free Nipple Graft; in this case the NAC is completely removed and after the reduction, is grafted back into the desired position. The downside to this procedure is that sensation and the ability to breast feed are lost.


T incision breast reduction, before and afterT incision after breast reduction surgery

This is a 57-year-old, female resident of Santa Rosa, California who presented to the Novato office in Marin County for an evaluation for a breast reduction. She has size DD breasts. She underwent a breast reduction using an inverted-T technique. In addition, she also had a tummy tuck with liposuction of the flanks for improvement of her post-childhood years. She underwent the inverted-T breast reduction and tummy tuck with liposuction at Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center in Marin County, California. Note the nice shape to her breasts and her overall improved body proportions. These photos were taken one year after surgery.

The short scar (also known as the vertical) breast reduction is a popular procedure for women with moderately sized breasts. There is less scarring as the horizontal incision at the crease of the breast is avoided, resulting in what is referred to as a lollipop incision. This incision goes around the NAC and then vertically from the base of the nipple to the crease.


Scarless (liposuction) breast reduction is becoming increasingly popular as the technique for reduction with liposuction continues to improve. The advantages are many, scarring is minimal, recovery is much easier and the possibility of complications is greatly reduced. This option is usually for a woman with mild to moderate breast tissue that has a high fat ratio. However, if a large amount of fat is removed the skin will only contract to a limited extent and then will sag. When reducing the breasts by liposuction alone, there will not be any lifting of the breasts as can be achieved with traditional breast reduction.


This information is not meant to further confuse a woman as to what procedure is best for her, but to point out that there are various options and decisions to be made. A Board Certified Plastic surgeon that specializes in breast surgery will be able to inform a woman as to which choices she may be a candidate for and what results she can expect. It is a very individualized procedure; a consultation and exam will provide answers to your questions.


As an expert in breast surgery since 1989, Dr. Miguel Delgado has a vast amount of experience in helping women choose the best reduction mammoplasty procedure. His reviews speak for themselves as this video portrays.


If you are seeking more information about breast reduction and want to know what your options are, call today (415 898-4161) or email ( to schedule a consultation with Dr. Delgado at his San Francisco or Marin County office. If you have medical insurance, Dr. Delgado and his staff will be able to assist you in obtaining authorization.